Clay residency at LPS Nursery with Jon the PotterCant quite believe it’s been three years since I started working with Rose & co in the Nursery at Ledbury Primary School.

Headteacher Julie Rees wanted to explore language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers were also encouraged to stay and work with their children.

The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The current crop of young potters were accompanied by nearly all their significant grown-ups at some point during the 12 weeks of workshops.

Here are a few examples of the lovely language used by the children when they helped co-create this collaborative ‘Cherry Mountain’

“A cake mountain”

“I’m wiping it”

“My skin is a different colour now”

“Why does it turn around?” (mountain on the turntable)

“I can put the snake on”

“look I’ve done it’s tree stump”

“I’m making it turn”

“Shall I make another sticky tree?”

“This is my sticky hat”

“I’m making a whole big pizza – do you want some pizza?”

“This is not a cake is it – it’s a mountain” drags fingers down the clay structure.

“I’m doing a claw!”

“I’m like claw girl!”

What would claw girls costume look like?

“Tiger costume!”